An increasing number of American medical schools and educators are becoming interested in activities abroad and are contributing to the development of medical education throughout Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Their goal is to assist developing nations in building effective self-supporting systems of medical education which are relevant to their own health care needs and adapted to existing resources.
According to a survey soon to be released by the Division of International Medical Education of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), 38 of 51 US medical schools visited have formal or semiformal commitments with 119 institutions in 59 countries, and their major teaching hospitals are responsible for the training of more than 3,000 foreign graduates. Indeed, every US medical school is involved in such international activities as faculty travel for study, research and teaching, clinical training of foreign graduates, and medical student study overseas.
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